Thursday, May 03, 2018


When we were driving out of the town* I said, “I hate the corpses of empires, they stink as nothing else.  They stink so badly that I cannot believe that even in life they were healthy.”  “I do not think you can convince mankind,” said my husband, “that there is not a certain magnificence about a great empire in being.”  “Of course there is,” I admitted, “but the hideousness outweighs the beauty.  You are not, I hope, going to tell me that they impose law on lawless people.  Empires live by the violation of law.”
    - Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Gray Falcon (1941)

* Trebinje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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